This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending May 8, 2021.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
Please be aware that inspections can happen at any time!
Some of these articles cover a recent major inspection blitz.
If you feel strongly about this issue, please get in touch with your federal elected officials.
I oppose platooning because of the increased potential for accidents.
This article identifies visual, manual and cognitive distractions.
Please be aware of potential blunders when operating your truck.
Was this load even secured properly to begin with?
I am 100% opposed to autonomous, self-driving, or driverless trucks -- and am sharing this info only to help you stay on top of the latest news.
Please stay informed about the "electrification" effort going on now.
This article covers both the potential fuel shortage this summer and New York State looking to go all-electric.
Please be aware that drones are increasingly being used to do delivery work -- and I am sharing this info only to help you stay on top of the latest news.
Many of the accidents reported in the articles below are entirely preventable!
Please learn what you can and seek to never be involved in a similar accident.
If you feel strongly about other mandates on trucks and truckers, please contact your federal elected officials.
I wish these truck competitions were kept as trucking skill competitions.
I guess Mike and I won't miss anything this year.
We knew we weren't going as soon as they announced mandatory face mask wearing.
Especially for owner-operators and independent truckers:
Please pay attention to the possibility of legal trouble when using certain kinds of CBD products.
I have nothing against those who want to enter trucking but have vision problems, but in my opinion, truckers need two good eyes with good peripheral vision and good distinction of color.
This is a shame.
If you feel that you have nothing to live for, please reach out to a suicide hotline.
Never ever haul illegal drugs, no matter how much you're promised.
Never ever haul humans as though they were cargo.
Please do everything you can to prevent cargo theft!
And don't take what doesn't belong to you!
Seek to avoid violence every time you can.
Well, it looks like if the federal government won't take the leadership regarding protests on highways, it is up to the states!
These are the latest articles about the economy within or affecting the trucking industry.
Is there really a trucker shortage?
Or is there really a lack of pay for the tasks being done?
A number of these articles may address AB5.
Finally, a state that seeks to limit liability.
The deadline has been pushed back again.
If you own a vehicle under a recall, please arrange to have that part/issue addressed as soon as possible.
From the carriers' perspective.
We congratulate those who have been recognized by their trucking companies.
Funny messages on road signs on May 4, you may see!
My husband Mike and I wish you -- and all professional truck drivers -- safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.